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My son is restoring a MF 12. He thinks the dash and grill are flat black. I told him they just faded. When I did the MF 10 I painted them gloss black. Is this correct or are they semi gloss black. I also remember to paint the grill you either painted the black first or the silver mist first. I know I read a thread on that but can't find it.
 

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The colours are as follows

No flat black used on a Massey

for black I prefer semi gloss black, your choice thou, no one will complain

the semi gloss will hide more imperfections than the gloss

for the silver I use Rustelumn Wheel Silver

I get the flint grey from the dealer

Grill screen is removable, there is 4 nuts on the inside to remove, paint separately, reinstall

Be very careful if removing, studs break off easy

This is what my MF 14 looked like when freshly done

Decals are from Maple Hunter Texas
 

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When we restored our MF12 last year we used semigloss black on the dash and anything else that needed to be black.

The grille screen is tack welded to the inside of the grille frame on the 12's. We painted all the silver mist first and then masked off the bars for the black screen to be painted (time consuming!), but the results are worth the effort.
 

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I have a Massey 12 grill that I need to paint also but the screen is tack welded in mine as well. The inside of the crossbars on mine are very rusty, you can see the loose rust material through the screen. I need to get that rust out of there. Ben, did you remove your screen to clean up the inside of the bars or you did not need to? Just checking, I assume it is removable if you want to tack the screen back in. Tack welding a screen could get a little dicey! (for me anyway)
 

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I didn't have to take any of it apart, ours was pretty decent to start with.

I hear what you're saying about trying to weld that mesh! That could get a little hairy!
 

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Dan,

I didn't mean to high jack your topic here, sorry about that. But I need to paint a grill from a 12 also. If it wasn't for my rust, I would do MN Massey did, paint the silver first and mask it when you do the black. The only Massey grill I painted was on a 14 and I used semi gloss. Good Luck on your tractor. Judging from your other projects, I'm confident it will look very nice when you get it done! :thumbs:
 

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I have repainted two grills, both with tack-welds. I found the easiest way as to paint the black first, making sure it gets well under the bars, then mask and apply the silver mist to both front and back. The masking tape can be slipped a fair way under the front bars, and the final effect looked reasonable enough.
 
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